If you are headed to Poland's capital city, Warsaw, make sure you take time to visit some of the fantastic attractions. This city is fabulous for its perfect mixture of history, culture, architecture and charm. Read on to discover the top spots to soak in everything Warsaw has to offer.
Location, Location, Location
Almost 2 million people make their home in Warsaw, Poland’s capital and location of some of Europe’s most important and tragic events in history. Visitors on a trip to Warsaw will find a mix of historic houses, reconstructed palaces, gothic architecture and Soviet design. As the largest city in Poland, Warsaw enjoys excellent connections to the rest of Europe, which makes it a natural destination for business travelers. The city has 3 large railway stations and a bus station which serve both domestic and international travelers. Just 10 kilometers from the city centre is Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, well served by flights from around the world. Warsaw enjoys a position as the most visited city in Poland, with 8.3 million visitors in 2011 alone. With dozens of museums, cinemas, entertainment venues, parks and leisure activities, it makes a fantastic place to visit. Warsaw also has a busy annual calendar of unique events that attract visitors from around the world. These include the only dedicated Mozart Festival in Europe, one of Europe's oldest jazz festivals, and the prestigious Grand Warsaw horse race.
What To Do In Warsaw
Visitors to Warsaw should celebrate the city’s most famous son, Fryderyk Chopin, with a range of world class events. Chopin lived in Warsaw for the first half of his life, and studied music in the city. Many of the palaces in Warsaw have a connection to the composer, but fans of his work will find the Fryderyk Chopin Museum particularly appealing. The Chopin museum’s inventive exhibitions give visitors the chance to see the world’s leading collection of objects belonging to the great man. Chopin is further celebrated in Warsaw at the annual International Music Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe,’ in special summer concerts in Łazienki Park, and at other musical events.
The historic Warsaw Old Town is a must-see destination for anyone on a trip to Warsaw. The Clock Tower for the famous Royal Castle of Warsaw guides visitors into the Old Town. The 15th century Royal Castle was completely destroyed during WWII, and in the 1970s and 1980s was rebuilt from the original castle remains. Visitors can tour the Castle to see elegant state rooms and apartments, visit exhibitions in the Royal Library and Museum, and see beautiful paintings. Visitors to Warsaw’s Old Town should also make sure to stop at the townhouse in which Marie Curie was born. The building now houses a museum dedicated to the Nobel Prize winning scientist. The Marie Curie Museum presents documents, personal items, tools and photos belonging to or about the discoverer of Radium.
Old Town Market Square
The picturesque Market Square in Warsaw is a fantastic place to spend a few hours on a trip to Warsaw. The gothic architecture of the buildings framing the square was rebuilt to match the original appearance, after destruction by the Nazi’s in WWII. Sightseers can purchase gifts at one of the shops in Warsaw Market Square, and enjoy a tasty meal in one of the charming restaurants. The square is home to a recreation of the monument of the Warsaw Mermaid, a legendary figure who was said to protect the city and its people. The original statue is in the Historical Museum of Warsaw, which can be entered from the square and tells the history of Poland’s capital.
Where to Stay
All these attractions in Warsaw calls for comfortable accommodation. The stylish Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw is ideally located at close proximity to the train station as well as these various attractions, such as the Marie Curie Museum. Make sure you fuel up for the day with Super Breakfast Buffet in our restaurant, Marysieńka, but make sure to leave room for some delicious Polish sausage!